Editor’s Note: The AJC reported Wednesday that ousted Clark Atlanta coach Ted Bahhur and his attorney plan to take legal action against the university.
Three weeks ago, Clark Atlanta had an unbeaten record and was excited about its chances against perennial SIAC power Tuskegee.
Now, the Panthers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Kentucky State during homecoming last weekend which proved to be the last game for coach Ted Bahhur. The school announced Bahhur’s firing Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with assistant head coach Keith Higdon.
In a story posted on ajc.com, Clark Atlanta president Carlton E. Brown said in a statement that “we want to thank [interim head coach Keith] Higdon for taking the helm of our football program during this challenging time.”
Clark Atlanta got off to a fast start with wins over Fort Valley and Lane and a forfeit win over Stillman. The losing streak began with a 31-21 loss at Tuskegee Sept. 19 followed by a pair of home losses to Miles and Kentucky State in which Clark was outscored 37-12.
The Panthers are off this week and have four games remaining in the season, including an Oct. 17 home game against SIAC frontrunner Albany State and the Oct. 24 contest against neighborhood rival Morehouse on the Maroon Tigers’ homecoming.
MORE HALL OF FAME DISCUSSION
The announcement of the establishment of a Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta generated a wide range of responses Tuesday. In addition, the discussion of who should be in the Hall of Fame was interesting as well.
Here’s a sampling of what was said:
“This will be a great addition to a great city. It will bring some well deserved attention to a segment of the game that has been overshadowed for far too long. Way to go Atlanta!”
“Does the current college football hall of fame not include HBCU players/coaches? There should be one building so that everyone can visit to see the heroes from all facets of college football under one roof.”
“You can not build a HBCU Hall of Fame without including all of the great players from the state of Mississippi. And, of course…you should start with the likes of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Willie Totten, Steve McNair …….”
It should be called the Tennessee State University/HBCU Hall of Fame. No other HBCU has contributed as much consistently as Tennessee State University.
So, what do you think? Do you have an opinion on either topic? View all of the responses on the previous blog by clicking here and then join in the conversation by responding below.